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15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Espresso Beans - Stone Brewing Co.

15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Espresso Beans
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.09%

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 12-08-2011)
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4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The ALMOST perfect beer...
Held up in my brandy glass with a wonderful tan foamy head. I sat at Vinsettas Garage
(Berkeley Mi) and looked at it for 5 minutes. The smell was chocolate/coffee/ molasses. it entered my mouth with excitement. slick/soft mouthfeel. rich dark espresso with a soft bitter finish. oh my deliciousness.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2013 12:05:05 | More by DragonzBreath
Photo of brewtus


4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- black with two finger head
S- nice hoppy scent, smokey, some coffee, very earthy
T/M- dark fruit,hoppy and smokey, great balance if you like hoppy stout. Coffee after taste stays around for a while.
O- very nice black IPA, glad i got a chance to try this during the twelve days of stone, at WOB. This blends hops coffee and smoke perfectly.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2012 17:01:31 | More by brewtus
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a couple nice pours at the Bittercreek Stone Tap Takeover on Friday!!

Expected black brew with a dark brown head.. doesn't stick around for long..

Nose is more black malt than coffee.. a little bit of bean is there, but is underwhelming.

Flavor has more coffee... decent hoppiness is there... some citrus and background pine.. but the roasty malt helps carry the beans more on the palate... could use a bit more malty sweetness to really deliver... The coffee does not really add a whole lot.

Good brew, but I had more fun with the first incarnation.


Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2012 05:10:09 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap for the 4th Anniversary event at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee/espresso beans, and some citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of roasty coffee/espresso bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great beer with a really nice espresso presence in the aroma and taste that makes this one very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 01:23:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of pubsp


4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer. Not as bitter as i would like personally, but wonderful flavor.
Definately the best of this new 'black ipa' trend, in my opinion. And should be for $12 a bottle.
Loved it. Though it's general availability in my local area is none (WV), so i might never taste it again. Big fan of all Stone Brews. They do not make garbage.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 20:54:53 | More by pubsp
Photo of womencantsail


3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Strong Ale 2011

Pours nearly black in color with a khaki/tan head. A strong aroma of earthy coffee. Tons of fresh espresso/coffee notes with the roast of the beer being accentuated. There are still some tropical and citrus hop notes in the background. The flavor is similarly heavy on the coffee. Tons of espresso with an underlying flavor of citrus hops to go along with the roast. Not as much in the way of booze as the regular version has.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 18:48:29 | More by womencantsail
15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA - Espresso Beans from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.